Diogo Ferreira

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Diogo Ferreira
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Ferreira warming up for the Olyroos in 2011
Personal information
Full name Diogo Alexandre Alves Ferreira
Date of birth (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Footscray, Victoria, Australia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Perth Glory
Number 13
Youth career
1998–2000 Essendon Royals
2001–2005 Green Gully
2005–2006 FC Porto
2006–2008 AD Oeiras
2009–2010 Melbourne Victory
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Green Gully 14 (0)
2010–2013 Melbourne Victory 52 (2)
2011 FFV NTC 1[1] (1)
2013–2014 Brisbane Roar 11 (0)
2014– Perth Glory 0 (0)
National team
2010– Australia U-23 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2011

Diogo Alexandre Alves Ferreira (born 5 October 1989) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a defensive midfielder for A-League club Perth Glory.

Early career[edit]

At the age of 16, Ferreira completed a successful trial with Portuguese giants FC Porto and was signed to the club's youth academy. Whilst in Portugal, he was loaned out to a second division team. At the age of 18,Ferreira thought it was time to return to Australia, and returned to Green Gully, his childhood club. Ferreira was then signed to Melbourne Victory's youth team playing in the National Youth League. He was a key player for two seasons, and was therefore promoted to the club's senior team.

Club career[edit]

On 31 March 2010, Ferreira made his senior debut for Melbourne Victory in their 1–0 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in the Asian Champions League.[2]

On 10 May 2010, he was signed to a two-year professional contract with Victory.[3]

On 15 September 2010, Ferreira made his first start for Melbourne Victory against Wellington Phoenix, playing 81 minutes before being substituted for Matthew Foschini.

He scored his first A-League goal on 31 December, playing against Central Coast Mariners. Diogo scored a well placed goal in the 85th minute, in a 2–1 win for Melbourne.

Despite being a regularly used player at Melbourne Victory, Ferreira, along with teammates Tando Velaphi, Spase Dilevski and Sam Gallagher were released by Melbourne Victory in April 2013, shortly after the end of the 2012–13 A-League season.[4] He left the club, having made 52 out of a possible 84 appearances for the club.

Shortly after his release from the Victory, Ferreira went on trial with rival A-League club Brisbane Roar. Less than two months after his release from the Victory, Ferreira was signed by the Roar on a one year deal, along with former Sydney FC attacking midfielder Dimitri Petratos.[5][6][7]

In May 2014, Ferreira signed with Perth Glory.[8]

International career[edit]

Ferreira has represented the Australia Olympic football team on seven occasions, scoring one goal. In addition to his Australian citizenship, Ferreira also has Portuguese citizenship and is eligible to play for Portugal.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Ferreira was born in Footscray, Melbourne. Diogo attended St. Bernard's College in Essendon which was also home to Patrick Kisnorbo.

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